Full Slate of Democrats Steps Up to Take on New Challenges
We enthusiastically support the candidacies of our three incumbent Democrats on the Town Council for re-election. Town Council President Mike White has led the Council with an even -handed friendliness, welcoming to all, while getting a lot done. North Road is repaved and the bike path nearly completed, the Golf Course clubhouse is underway and East Ferry’s sidewalks and parking areas improved. And the Council hired a new Town Administrator.
Vice-President Mary Meagher has continued to demonstrate the leadership the town has come to expect over her eight years of service, leading the way on important issues such as affordable housing and capital improvements to town infrastructure.
Early in his first term, Councilor Randy White led a Charter Review Committee to develop a comprehensive revision of the procedures for initiative petitions that will be on the ballot for voters’ consideration in November. Randy’s thoughtful approach to issues has become an integral part of the council’s deliberations, and complements the work of his colleagues.
We are delighted to welcome Councilor Nancy Beye, who ran (and won) as an Independent two years ago. As the owner of Jamestown’s Early Learning Center, Nancy has nurtured, guided, and cared for Jamestown’s children since 1995. Recently, Nancy’s efforts to reopen safely from the COVID-19 crisis earned her the attention and support of the Small Business Advisory Council and Lt. Governor Dan McKee. Nancy has been on the Board of the Friends of the Jamestown Seniors since 2015 and for past 21 years, she has served as an EMT for the Jamestown Fire Department.
We are thrilled to introduce Erik Brine, a new candidate for Town Council. Erik is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, who has served our nation overseas in 56 countries, on several deployments and in several offices at the Pentagon. In his civilian capacity, he has been an advisor to U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, held roles at the Departments of State and Defense, and served as a Defense budget and policy advisor at the White House in two administrations. These days, he is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology at URI and UConn. Erik, and his wife, Kerry, love living in Jamestown and reside on Columbia Ave with their four children.
“Three School Committee Candidates Vow to Continue Blue Ribbon Performance”
Our slate of School Committee candidates is equally impressive.
We are immensely proud to introduce Drew Allsopp as a new candidate. Drew has a background in education policy with a focus on urban schools and districts. He is currently Chief of Finance & Operations at a small Providence high school focusing on students who are pregnant or parenting. He began his career as a high school teacher in New York City, worked as an executive in a non profit and served as a director in the Office of Innovation at the RI Department of Education. From 2015-2016, Drew was Director of Policy for RI Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. McKee. Drew, his wife Lindsay, and their two boys (both at the Melrose school) live on Conanicus Avenue.
We are so fortunate that Sally Schott, currently the Vice Chair of the Jamestown School committee, is again seeking the opportunity to serve. Sally is the former President of the Jamestown Education Foundation and currently serves on the board of the Jamestown Community Food Pantry. This past term, Sally served as the liaison to the North Kingstown HS School Committee and previously served as a parent representative on the Jamestown School Improvement Team, while her three children attended the Jamestown schools. As the proud mother of twin boys who just graduated from NKHS, and her daughter from college, Sally looks forward to continuing the work necessary to maintain the high standards for the next generation of Jamestown students.
We are pleased that Agnes Filkins is seeking another term. Agnes has served as the liaison for both Melrose and Lawn School Improvement Teams. Through this experience Agnes has first hand information of the inner workings of both schools. Agnes makes fact-based decisions regarding policy, budget, and other school related issues. Agnes views her service on the School Committee as an extension of her longtime career in education including many years in the classroom
Sally and Agnes have been integral in leading Jamestown schools to impressive accomplishments. Melrose School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and Lawn Avenue School was awarded a five star rating by the RI Department of Education. Combined with the new experiences of Drew, Jamestown Schools will continue to provide an excellent educational experience for our island’s youth.
“A Town Moderator Who Excels at Meeting New Challenges”
Last, but not least, the intrepid John Murphy is seeking another term as Town Moderator. John’s skills were never more evident than at the recent 2020 “Drive-In” Town Financial Meeting. We are honored to endorse John again.
We look forward to meeting you in every creative, socially-distanced, masked and safe way that we can during the upcoming months. Confirm, with Town Hall, that your voter registration is current, as it has never been more important to VOTE.